challenge 53: freebie - lady in patterns
most of my time lately has been consumed by pattern making. that said, i’ve always been interested in figural work that incorporates pattern work and blurs the boundaries of foreground and background. i felt like this challenge was a great time to explore that some more.
challenge 51: spirit animal (sun bear)
i thought long and hard about this challenge, quite honestly. i asked around, what do you think? most people responded ‘sloth’- i’m going to just assume that’s because of my love for them, and has nothing to do with my habits. but! i kept settling on the sun bear, or spectacled bear. this bb is the smallest of the bear family, yet still fierce when their territory is compromised. i mean… i really do spend most of my life lazing and sleeping, but the claws do come out. or something like that.
sun burrs! so qt
challenge 50: lowbrow threadless: emethalassophobia
there are a few things i’m afraid of; namely colossal sea creatures and vomit. i decided to incorporate both of these things. the response after sharing the things that most frighten me?
"this is funny!"
"this is not supposed to be funny!"
"it’s a mermaid throwing up on an octopus!"
"it’s not that funny!"
at least it evokes some kind of response huh.
Discussions with anti-feminists that hold negative opinions of the movement formed solely by the raging “big bad feminist” created by the media, rather than by analyzing how the movement could compromise itself as a safe space for women, are typically in vain. However, the distinction between the two addresses another important issue: the stigma attached to identifying with feminism from sexists associating it with cliched tropes. If one is afraid, above all, of the stigma attached to being called a “feminist” because various political pundits and sexists might associate their character with archetypal militant “feminazis”1 they have fabricated, a reconsideration of their dedication to believing in the advancement of the rights and equality of women needs to take place. The stigma also demands that any discussions surrounding our interactions with misogyny stay “nice.” Asking for this suppression of outrage relies on subtle conditioning to believe that men and women are inherently different in terms of rationality and dictates that women lack the emotional fortitude to address their experiences without being told how to (pleasantly). It is necessary to acknowledge that the angry woman is often defined by culture as separate from the angry person, effectually stripping women of personhood and the right to defend ourselves as, above all else, human beings. To insist on being coddled instead of reflecting on the basis of anger and taking the time to examine one’s personal actions as existing within a more long and complex history of misogyny essentially rejects any sense of social responsibility. Overlooking accountability diminishes the importance of true, radical change of perception. Now, we have heard the trite dismissals before. You can vote! You can own land! You have all the rights you need! What more do women want? As an extension of personhood, anger, too, is our right.
1 “A Feminazi is a feminist to whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur.”
1. giving a sense of happy satisfaction or enjoyment.
challenge 45: get your gif on
maximizing the creepiness of a past portrait. expanding bright color usage to even weirder places!
challenge 40: wintery comic “the ice queen”
it’s cold as hell.
challenge 38: (grad) school
so i picked this challenge around the time i started up school again and expected to do a lighthearted/silly illustration, but instead i decided to share some more realistic emotions that we can feel during our higher education. or at least, how grad school is making me feel right now!